Thirteenth Doctor #2Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 9 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Out now, the second in the series of Titan Comic Adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor

Thirteenth Doctor #3

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colourist: Enrica Angiolini

Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Faith, Mother Panic, Stranger Things) leaps in with mind-blowing adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor and her brand new friends! A mysterious new time traveller appears - but can he be trusted when he says he's human?
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Downtime: Children of the New WorldBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books have announced the first of their standalone Lethbridge-Stewart novels to be released next year:

Downtime: Children of the New World (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Downtime: Children of the New World
Written by Andy Frankham-Allen
Cover by Adrian Salmon


Kate Lethbridge-Stewart joins her father, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, in a mission to save her son’s life!


For the last nine years Kate’s life has been a happy one. Other than a minor blip in 2003, she hasn’t had to worry about aliens bothering her or her son. Indeed, her biggest concern is Gordy’s first girlfriend. But it all changes when a face from her past appears, bringing with him a warning.

Gordy and his cousin Conall are kidnapped by a radical group calling themselves the Followers of Maitreya!

The Brigadier and Kate join forces with Douglas Cavendish and Anne Travers on a mission to save Gordy and Conall, which leads them to the ruins of Det-Sen Monastery in Tibet where deadly Yeti roam, and a prophecy is about to fulfilled!

What connects the Followers of Maitreya to a developing online school, Asteroid 4179 which is heading towards Earth, and the Brigadier’s family?

The novel is a sequel to the 1990s video film Downtime, and is published in co-ordination with producers Reeltime Pictures. The novel continues the story of a pre-UNIT Kate Lethbridge-Stewart and her son Gordon, set some nine years after the events in the original film and a little after its sequel, Dæmos Rising; it also serves to introduce Reeltime's forthcoming release in the series, Anomaly (in which Beverley Cressman reprises her role as Kate). As a Candy-Jar book, the story incorporates elements from their own Lethbridge-Stewart series, including the Brigadier's eldest son, Conall Wilson.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen, and author of the book, explains how it came to pass:
When I first heard of Reeltime’s forthcoming film, Anomaly, which would see Beverley returning to the role of Kate, I contacted Keith Barnfather. Initially it was simply to express my interest in Kate’s return, and how I’d be open to us working together to cross-pollinate our two ranges. Keith was very open to the idea, and before we knew it the conversation turned to prose and the idea of doing a sequel to Downtime. It took a while to work out when to set it, and after watching Dæmos Rising it became clear the book needed to be set after that film. The only proviso Keith gave me was that I needed to “set up” Anomaly.

All background details from Downtime will be treated the same way one treats background detail in a normal standalone novel; the reader will be told everything they need to know for the story to work. Of course, further insight can be gained by picking up Downtime, but it won’t be essential. Children of the New World is its own story. The basic idea came to me fairly quickly, but it wasn’t until I rewatched both films and had a chance to look through Marc Platt’s novelisation that the main plot point presented itself. I was determined to write a solid standalone tale, but one that was a logical continuation of Downtime, while at the same time bringing Kate and Gordy fully into the fold with the Brigadier’s extended family. The chance of having the Brigadier’s two grandsons together was too good to pass up, and that quickly became the crux of the plot.
Cover art is by popular Doctor Who artist Adrian Salmon, who said:
Great to be asked to draw a cover for the new look Lethbridge-Stewart range! Andy and I had a lot of fun with this cover; as soon as he told me what the book was like, I knew the kind of thing I wanted to do. He gave me an open brief to redesign the Yeti, to make it more of a simian creature, and less like the way they’re previous been depicted in Doctor Who. I wanted to incorporate silver into the design, initially as a kind of harness, before we settled on a fearsome face mask, to suggest the controlling intelligence and to make it clear these are not the Yeti fans have previously seen.

There will be two editions of Downtime: Children of the New World, a standard paperback limited to 500 copies, and and limited hardback edition of 50 copies. Both are avaialable for pre-order from the Candy Jar website. Please note that this novel isn't part of any subscription offer.




Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Curse of the Mirror Clowns book launchBookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Curse Of The Mirror Clowns (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books have announce the official release of The Lucy Wilson Mysteries novel Curse of the Mirror Clowns, which will be celebrated with a book launch on Saturday the 24th November from 11 until 3 o’clock at Heroes, Aliens and Monsters Comics in Tonypandy, featuring the book's author, Chris Lynch alongside Kangazang illustrator and author Terry Cooper.

Chris says of Curse of the Mirror Clowns:
Did you ever think you saw something, just out of the corner of your eye? It happens to me all the time and it freaks me out quite a bit. So, when I got the chance to add my own monster to the Lucy Wilson universe, I knew it had to be a monster that you couldn't always see. I also wanted it to be a clown because, if there's something that freaks me out more than things I can't see then it's something I can see – clowns. Of course, that's not all I added – there are plenty of other surprises in there that I hope people will really enjoy. It's been great fun adding my own strange and spooky elements to Lucy's world and I hope to back very, very soon.

Terry Cooper, often found impersonating Captain Jack Sparrow all over South Wales, is author of the science fiction trilogy Kangazang!, the third installment of which was recently launched at Cardiff Film and ComicCon; he will be signing copies of the book and CD (voiced by Sixth Doctor Colin Baker).

Head of publishing Shaun Russell states that:
There will be a range of books for sale on the day, but we also wanted to provide fans with a chance to ask the authors any questions they may have. Whether they’re about the writing process, the worlds they have created or what their favourite colour is!





Lovarzi launch new Doctor Who apparel for ChristmasBookmark and Share

Saturday, 10 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lovarzi, the UK’s leading online scarf retailer, is expanding its Doctor Who range with new Winter 2018/19 products.

Maninder Singh Sahota, Director of Lovarzi, said:
Doctor Who has been an important part of Christmas for over a decade now. Our original Doctor Who Christmas Scarf and Hat hit shelves in 2016 and we were nonetheless blown away by demand. Our new sweater is a perfect accompaniment to these items, and we're sure fans will love them.

For the first time ever, we're also releasing officially-licensed women’s gloves this year. The Pandorica Opens Scarf proved popular, and it's such a beautiful painting, we thought it was the ideal image to launch this extension to the range.


Lovarzi: Christmas Sweater 2018 (Credit: Lovarzi)After his battles with the Sycorax, the Master, and Harmony Shoal, the Doctor probably prepares for trouble around Christmastime. But you can gear up for the festivities with the TARDIS and Dalek Christmas Sweater, an exclusive pattern which incorporates the Doctor's faithful time-space ship and his most prolific foes. The design is complete with killer Christmas trees (like the ones seen in The Christmas Invasion and The Runaway Bride) and snowflakes… or is that the Great Intelligence?

Made from high-quality Acrylic, this yuletide jumper will keep loved ones warm while defending Trenzalore, listening to the Singing Towers of Darillium, or wandering around the South Pole after an invasion of Cybermen.

Available to purchase from our Amazon UK shop.

Lovarzi: Pandorica Opens Gloves (Credit: Lovarzi)The Pandorica Opens Gloves feature the piece by Vincent van Gogh, created as a warning to Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor, depicting the disaster that cracked the universe: the TARDIS exploding, leading to total event collapse.
The stunning picture is digitally-printed on high-quality velvet-feel fabric, so shows the screen-accurate image in all its glorious detail.

Lovarzi: Cybermen Scarf (Credit: Lovarzi)Lovarzi's officially-licensed Doctor Who range launched in 2012, with the best-selling multi-coloured Fourth Doctor Scarf; since then, it's expanded to include the Seventh Doctor Paisley Silk Scarf, TARDIS Folding Umbrella, and Dalek Scarf.

But one of the show's most popular foes has been notable by its absence from the product line – until now. If you're suffering from a frailty of the flesh, the Cybermen will upgrade your body so you won't feel the cold. Or indeed anything else.

Alternatively, you can get an exclusively-designed Cybermen Scarf, which takes its repeated pattern from the ice-tombs of Telos, first seen in the Second Doctor serial, The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967). This classic story starred Patrick Troughton as the Time Lord, Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield, and Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon.

From The Tenth Planet (1966) to Silver Nemesis (1988), Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel (2006) to World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls (2017); the cybernetic race has thrived for over 50 years. Made from high-quality wool and Acrylic, The Tomb of the Cybermen Scarf is fittingly completed by the Cyber-Controller's promise: "We will survive"!

Available to purchase from our Amazon UK shop.


Maninder adds:
Yes, the range has been upgraded! There are so many much-loved Cyberman stories, it was difficult to pick just one to focus on. But The Tomb of the Cybermen perfectly sums up their menace and genius, and provides us with the instantly-recognisable Cyber-head insignia. Plus, when Matt Smith was cast as the Doctor, he watched some classic Doctor Who and fell in love with Tomb. And who's to blame him?!

Alongside these three items, a shorter, more manageable version of the Fourth Doctor Season 18 Burgundy Scarf is also now available. This second version is a more concise 200cm, so it's easier to wear day-to-day without dragging the tassels underneath you.

The TARDIS and Dalek Christmas Sweater and The Tomb of the Cybermen Scarf will be available to buy from 12th November from Lovarzi.co.uk and Amazon. The Pandorica Opens Gloves will be available to buy in last week of November.

Members of Lovarzi’s exclusive Doctor Who Fan Club can take advantage of a 15% discount on all newly launched Doctor Who products by LOVARZI. You can become a member here.




Lethbridge-Stewart: The Laughing Gnome: The Danger MenBookmark and Share

Saturday, 10 November 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books have announcedd the third book in its anniversary series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, The Laughing Gnome: The Danger Men:

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Laughing Gnome: The Danger Men (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Laughing Gnome: The Danger Men
Written by Nick Walters
Cover by Paul Cooke

2011 and Brigadier William Bishop visits his old commanding officer, Brigadier Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, who is a little concerned about a garden gnome he recently found. Soon both Bishop and his wife, Anne Travers, find themselves dragged through time after the Brigadier…

He’s a man on a mission. But he has no idea what the mission is. It’s 1999. Bill Bishop is plunged into a world of intrigue as he inhabits the body of Calum Bence of Department M – aka the Danger Men – on the trail of millionaire entrepreneur and suspected super-spy Dieter Allegro.

But is Allegro really the bad guy he’s made out to be? And who is the mysterious Otto Di Catania, and why is he so interested in the contents of a certain CD-ROM?

As he seeks these answers, Bill can’t help but wonder: will he ever find Anne and the Brigadier, will he even return to 2011, or is he destined to be lost in time forever?

Join Bill in his borrowed body as he travels from Johannesburg to London to Torquay and Austria on his mission impenetrable...

The Danger Men sees the return of popular novelist Nick Walters for his third Lethbridge-Stewart novel. Nick previously wrote Mutually Assured Domination in 2015 and The Man from Yesterday earlier in 2018.

Nick said:
When I was told of the story arc for this anniversary series, I immediately knew what I wanted to do: a straight spy thriller, with no sci-fi or fantasy elements other than the framing story and elements of the wider Whoniverse. At the same time, I had the idea for the opening scene, and it’s more or less exactly as you read it in the finished book! It’s rare that ideas come so fully-formed so quickly, but it’s wonderful when they do. I intended The Danger Men to be a homage to James Bond, Jason Bourne, Mission: Impossible and the works of John Le Carre, spoofing some elements yet taking the story deadly seriously. For example, women are always throwing themselves at James Bond, and the same happens to Bill Bishop in this book, but, of course, because he’s a gent and loyal to Anne he cannot reciprocate, leading to complications and comedy.

This is the first book in the range to focus primarily on Brigadier William Bishop. Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen, explained the decision:
Ever since his first appearance in the first Lethbridge-Stewart novel, Bill has proven very popular with our readers. Up to now the books have been led by either the Brigadier or Anne, so the decision was made that, during this contained series of novel and under the steady hand of Nick Walters, we could take the risk of allowing one of our series-originated characters to take the lead. Bill was the only choice for that, really, easily being the most popular and the most connected to both the Brigadier and Anne – especially Anne, seeing as they got engaged during the course or the series and have been shown to be married by the 1990s. Of course, both the Brigadier and Anne make cameo appearances, and their presence is felt throughout. It is still every bit a Lethbridge-Stewart novel!

Music has a large influence on The Danger Men, with Nick explaining:
The story arc title, The Laughing Gnome, was inspired by David Bowie, of course. It’s set in 1999 so there are a lot of references to contemporary pop, rock and indie, in chapter titles for example, and the naming of operations by Department M, which subverts the conventions of naming such things after works of high culture in Le Carre and Deighton novels. There is, however, one group, one very famous group spanning the eighties and nineties, who are still going now, who inspired the majority of the character names and references. Stella Van Steiner, Dieter Allegro, Otto Di Catania – I’ll let you guess who! We plan to do a soundtrack for the book, containing all the songs referenced therein, which should be available on Spotify soon. Such things as pop music references are great fun of course but only the icing on the cake. The Danger Men is, I hope, a fast-moving, thrilling, funny and sometimes alarming spy caper with loads of twists and turns. It’s also a study of identity – Bill has to take on various aliases in his mission, and the more he takes on the further he feels isolated from his true self. So, underneath all the fun is all this existential musing on the nature of existence.

The cover is by Paul Cooke, returning for his second novel after providing the artwork for Nick Walters’ previous book, The Man from Yesterday. Paul said:
It was a very pleasant surprise to be asked back to do another cover for the series. When I read what the story was about, was thrilled - it was a perfect opportunity do a cover influenced by some of the period film posters I enjoy. I was thinking I would approach this in a slightly different style to my last one, a bit more painterly. The only problem was not to make it too pulpy in look, which is when I hit upon the idea of the computer screen type, which immediately gave the piece a sense of time.

The Laughing Gnome: The Danger Men is available for pre-order now. The book is due for release at the end of November.


The Laughing Gnome will continue in early 2019 with book four. The Day of the Matador, by Robert Mammone, sees our heroes reuniting in 1970s England dealing gangsters and Dominators! This is followed by book five, Lucy Wilson and the Bledoe Cadets by Tim Gambrell, with On His Majesty’s National Service by David A McIntee following a month later.




The Tsuranga Conundrum - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Friday, 2 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, The Tsuranga Conundrum
The Tsuranga Conundrum

Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Jennifer Perrott

Risk to life: absolute.

Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly -- and unusual -- creatures.
The Tsuranga Conundrum: Durkas Cicero (Ben Bailey-smith), Eve Cicero (Suzanne Packer) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yoss Inkl (Jack Shalloo) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Ronan (David Shields) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Yaz (Mandip Gill) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Mabil (Lois Chimimba), Astos (Brett Goldstein) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Astos (Brett Goldstein), Yaz (Mandip Gill), Mabil (Lois Chimimba) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Mabil (Lois Chimimba), Ryan (Tosin Cole) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Mabil (Lois Chimimba), Astos (Brett Goldstein) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Graham (Bradley Walsh), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yaz (Mandip Gill), Mabil (Lois Chimimba) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yaz (Mandip Gill), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))The Tsuranga Conundrum: Eve Cicero (Suzanne Packer), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))


Episode 5 Trailer | The Tsuranga Conundrum | Doctor Who

This episode will debut on BBC One at 7.00pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 4th November7.00pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 4th November8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 4th November8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 5th November6.00pm AEST

Full listings here




Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #1Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 1 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Next week sees the hotly-anticipated release of the comic Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #1 from Titan

Taking control of the TARDIS for this regeneration is a new team: Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Stranger Things, Mother Panic, Faith, Spider-Man), illustrator Rachael Stott (Doctor Who, Motherlands), and colourist Enrica Angiolini (Warhammer 40,000).

Titan’s new comic series sees the Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker, traveling the cosmos with three brand new friends: Graham (played by Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill), and Ryan (Tosin Cole).

The comic is released on 7 November 2018

Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colourist: Enrica Eren Angiolini


Experience mind-blowing challenges and dynamic adventures through time and space - right alongside the Doctor and her friends!

A new series for a new era on the TARDIS, from a creative team of astounding women - Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Faith, Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Orphan Black), art by Rachael Stott (Doctor Who, Motherlands, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes) and colors from Enrica Angiolini (Shades of Magic)!

Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover A - Babs Tarr (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover B (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover C - Alice X Zhang (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Cover D - Rachael Stott (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Thirteenth Doctor #1 - Sanya Anwar (Credit: Titan )
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Rosa - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Rosa: Rosa Parks (Vinette Robinson), Krasko (Josh Bowman) (Credit: BBC Studios (Coco Van Oppens))Doctor Who: Rosa had an official rating of 8.37 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

8.09 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 145,00 watched on their PC, 71,000 watched on a Tablet device and 63,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 4th most watched programme of the week ending 21st October.

The episode had an appreciation index score of 83

Top for the week was Saturday’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing with 11.49 million watching.




Lucy Wilson updateBookmark and Share

Monday, 29 October 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books has announced the latest The Lucy Wilson Mysteries novel, The Midnight People, is now available for pre-order:

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: The Midnight People (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: The Midnight People
Written by John Peel

Monknash was once home to a band of smugglers, but it is now dull and boring. Except to Greg Morton, who’s absolutely terrified something unimaginable has happened to everyone in the village.

He telephones his friend, Hobo, to ask for help. When Hobo and Lucy arrive, they discover that something odd is definitely going on – but what? People seem joyless and dull, showing no emotions at all.

Even Greg, who now insists that he was joking, seems very different. Why are people walking toward the cliffs at the stroke of midnight? Who is the lady in the wheelchair? What are the villagers trying to protect What are the villagers trying to protect in the caves? And why can't the local policeman see anything strange?

Can Lucy and Hobo take on an entire village by themselves?

The Midnight People is written by John Peel, who wrote the novel in a style reminiscent of the HTV series Children of the Stones but with a modern twist. John said:
Lucy and Hobo are lovely characters to write for. They aren't superheroes, they're just youngsters who rely on their wits and their courage, and have to fight off fears of insecurity. Are they seeing more than is there? And, if not, can two teens save the world – again? Plus, of course, I’ve introduced another of my odd aliens.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, said:
John has written two Lethbridge-Stewart books for us, The Grandfather Infestation and The Life of Evans, both of which have been very popular. I always wanted him to tackle a Lucy Wilson story. He’s very adept at focusing on character and I wanted something that was dark and moody, and John, as I expected, did not disappoint.

The book is available for pre-order from Candy Jar Books.


Shaun adds:
It seems that people are really embracing Lucy and Hobo. We will be launching Curse of the Mirror Clowns by Chris Lynch at the Turn Left Doctor Who Convention in Cardiff on 1st December in Cardiff. Chris will there talking about the book, as well as Simon A Forward, Alyson Leeds, Andy Frankham-Allen and myself.

Turn Left also features Louise Jameson, Matthew Waterhouse, film actress Sarah Douglas, illustrator and painter Chris Achilléos, former Doctor Who Script Editor Andrew Cartmel, and music composer Mark Ayres.
Curse of the Mirror Clowns was originally released as a fan exclusive in May, but will be on general release from the 29th November.


Lucy and her family have been featured in two recent Lethbridge-Stewart short stories: Lucy Wilson by Sue Hampton (The HAVOC Files 3) and The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho (The HAVOC Files 4). Added to this, she and her family will also make an appearance in the upcoming short story collection Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage.


In addition, the children at St Leonard’s Academy, Hastings have been busy writing their own Lucy Wilson stories, which can be downloaded for free via our website.




Arachnids In The UK - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Arachnids In The UK
Arachnids In The UK

Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Sallie Aprahamian

Something’s happening with the spiders in this city.

The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire – and Yaz’s family – only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.
 Arachnids In The UK: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Yaz (Mandip Gill), Najia (Shobna Gulati) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Yaz (Mandip Gill) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Frankie (Jaleh Alp) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Kevin (William Meredith), Robertson (Chris Noth) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Robertson (Chris Noth) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Simon Ridgeway)) Arachnids In The UK: Sonya (Bhavnisha Parmar), Yaz (Mandip Gill), Najia (Shobna Gulati), Hakim (Ravin J Ganatra) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh), Jade (Tanya Fear), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: The Tardis, Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Jade (Tanya Fear), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall)) Arachnids In The UK: Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))


Episode 4 Trailer | Arachnids In The UK | Doctor Who
FIRST LOOK: Episode 4 | Arachnids In The UK

This episode will debut on BBC One at 7.00pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 28th October7.00pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 28th October8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 28th October8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 29th October6.00pm AEST

Full listings here




New UNIT Stories From Big FinishBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Tim Treloar, Jon Culshaw,  Katy Manning, John Levene (Credit: Big Finish)Big Finish Productions are to release a new set of audio adventures featuring some iconic characters from the days of UNIT.

When Tim Treloar and Katy Manning return as the Third Doctor and Jo Grant in The Third Doctor Adventures Volume Five, they’ll be joining forces with three other characters from 1970s Doctor Who, The Brigadier, Benton and Liz Shaw.

In this new audio box set, made in association with BBC Studios, Jon Culshaw will take on the role of UNIT commanding officer Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, a character appearing under licence from the Haisman Literary Estate.

After an extensive casting process, senior producer David Richardson and executive producer Nick Briggs finally remembered a conversation they’d had with Jon, when he told them the thing he’d most like to do for Big Finish would be to play the Brigadier. Briggs explains.
After checking his rendition of the character in the BBC Audiobook of The Five Doctors, we just gave him the job!. ‘It was a very tricky thing casting someone to do justice to Nicholas Courtney’s brilliant, original performance. Jon has done this with honour and love for what the splendid Mr Courtney did all those years ago.
The Haisman Estate told us about bringing back the Brigadier for the Third Doctor Adventures
We thrilled at the choice Big Finish have made. We've always admired Culshaw's voice work, and in particular enjoyed his rendition of the Brigadier in The Five Doctors audiobook. We look forward to hearing the Brigadier returning to Big Finish in such a substantial way!
Returning alongside the Brigadier is Liz Shaw, the first companion of the Third Doctor. She will be portrayed by Daisy Ashford, the daughter of the original Liz Shaw actress, Caroline John (who played the role on TV and returned to the role for several Companion Chronicles at Big Finish).

Plus, returning to play Sergeant Benton is John Levene. John first played the part of Benton (who was then a corporal) in the Second Doctor TV adventure The Invasion. He returned to become a regular with Third Doctor Jon Pertwee (also appearing with later with Tom Baker), and has previously reprised Benton twice for Big Finish.

Daisy Ashford, Tim Treloar, Jon Culshaw, Katy Manning (Credit: Big Finish)Tim Treloar, who has portrayed the Third Doctor on audio since 2015, has been at the forefront of a new era of 70s audio Who treats. David Richardson, producer of The Third Doctor Adventures said
It’s been so rewarding to see how Doctor Who fans have embraced these new Third Doctor stories. We knew Tim’s performance (and it is a performance, not a mere impersonation) as the Third Doctor was extraordinary – and it’s clear that listeners feel the same way too.” The two adventures in The Third Doctor Adventures Volume Five will require the Third Doctor, all his companions AND the full might of UNIT to save planet Earth.
In the first story, Primords (from the Doctor Who TV story Inferno) interrupt the Doctor and Liz Shaw’s reunion, and become one of the fiercest tests of UNIT and the Doctor to date. And in the second, 'ghostly' adventure, the population of a village are apparently being spirited away in the oddest of manners.

Katy Manning (who plays Jo Grant) told what it was like to bring back these beloved characters
It was a joy working with Jon Culshaw, and working with Tim has been so much fun, watching him become the Doctor more and more. But Jon came in and in an instant (and I won’t tell him how!) caught the Brigadier immediately!
Daisy Ashford says of coming to the Big Finish fold to play Liz Shaw:
I’m really excited and honoured to have been asked to play Liz, and to step into my Mum’s brilliant shoes!
Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures Volume Five will be released in May 2019, available for pre-order now at £25 on CD and £20 on download.




Season 18 Burgundy ScarfBookmark and Share

Thursday, 18 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Season 18 Burgundy Scarf  (Credit: Lovarzi)Season 18 Burgundy Scarf  (Credit: Lovarzi)Season 18 Burgundy Scarf  (Credit: Lovarzi)Following the sell-out success of Lovarzi's Fourth Doctor Season 18 Burgundy Scarf, the company has reproduced this iconic look in a shorter, more manageable size.

In 2013, Lovarzi released a 12ft Season 18 Scarf – and it quickly became a fan favourite. But due to popular demand, LOVARZI has made a second version, using the same screen-accurate design, but at a more concise 195 cm. That's around half the length of the previous one, meaning you can wrap up warm without dragging the tassels on the floor/ swamps of Alzarius.

The Fourth Doctor returned to television screens in 1980 with a new look which was fresh and bold, but still paid homage to the past. Designed by June Hudson, this darker outfit was made at the behest of incoming producer, John Nathan-Turner, and debuted in The Leisure Hive.

Baker wore this throughout his swansong season, as the Doctor faced a spiky duplicate in Meglos; explored E-Space in Full Circle, State of Decay, and Warrior's Gate; met The Keeper of Traken; and took a final fall in Logopolis.

The Fourth Doctor Season 18 Burgundy (Shorter) Scarf is made from high-quality lightweight Acrylic Chenille, staying true to the original. It also comes in a specially-designed carry-case, ideal for storage, so it's great for cosplayers and collectors.

Maninder Singh Sahota, Director of Lovarzi, says
When we released a shorter version of our original Tom Baker Scarf, we were overwhelmed by the response, especially at the Doctor Who Festival. Our full-sized scarves are great for conventions, but we know they can be unwieldy in everyday life. That's why we've made this shorter version of the Burgundy Scarf, perfect for fans to show off their credentials wherever they are.
Lovarzi's officially-licensed Doctor Who line launched in 2012 with the best-selling multi-coloured Fourth Doctor Scarf. Since then, the company has catered for fans of all eras with items including the Fourth Doctor Knitted Tie, TARDIS Folding Umbrella, and 18ft Season 16- 17 Scarf. The Fourth Doctor Season 18 Burgundy (Shorter) Scarf will be available to buy from 19th October 2018, priced £24.99, from Lovarzi.co.uk and Amazon.

Members of Lovarzi’s exclusive Doctor Who Fan Club can take advantage of a 15% discount on the Burgundy (Shorter) Scarf - and further discounts whenever new Doctor Who items are added to the range! Become a member by clicking here.




Doctor Who Limited Edition BarbieBookmark and Share

Saturday, 13 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Studios and Mattel have partnered to release the first ever Doctor Who Limited Edition Barbie doll, available in Australia

Pre-sale is available via zingpopculture.com.au and ebgames.com.au and in Zing Pop Culture stores in December.

Nicole Chungue, Licensing Manager for BBC Studios ANZ, says
This year, we’re introducing an all-new look for Doctor Who. New monsters, new stories, new characters and of course a new Doctor in Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the role.

Given Barbie’s celebration of women who have made history, as well as iconic characters from some of the best loved movies and shows, we felt it was a great opportunity to work with Mattel to create a doll based on the Thirteenth Doctor.

The Doctor Who Barbie doll offers fans and collectors a new way to celebrate the adventures of this iconic character and we’re delighted to be able to bring this to Australia through Zing Pop Culture.
Melissa Davey, Senior Buyer & Licensing for EB Games & Zing Pop Culture, said
EB and Zing couldn’t be more thrilled for the new Doctor and to be embarking on a new journey with the fans. What better way to celebrate than giving whovians the opportunity to get their hands on their very own Doctor Who Barbie
Tthe Doctor Who Barbie wears a rainbow-striped t-shirt, paired with cropped trousers and a trench coat. Additional, true-to-character details include Doctor Who signature braces and lace-up boots.




Tenth Doctor and Donna Back For More Audio AdventuresBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
David Tennant, Catherine Tate (Credit: Big Finish)David Tennant and Catherine Tate are to reprise their roles in Doctor Who for three more audio adventures in time and space, in The Tenth Doctor Adventures - Volume 3.

And they’re taking the family with them...

Jacqueline King will return as Sylvia Noble, Donna’s mother and, returning to Big Finish after an eleven-year absence, Bernard Cribbins will reprise his role as Wilfred Mott, Donna’s grandfather.

The Doctor and Donna will be back in action, with three new audio adventures coming May 2019.

3.1 No Place by James Goss

It's Haunted Makeovers! The home improvement show with a spooky twist.
The Noble family are hoping to cast out a few spirits along with the old bathroom suite, as presenter Justin joins Donna, Wilf, Sylvia and the Doctor for the latest edition of his reality TV series.
Of course, Justin knows that any supernatural phenomena can be faked. Ghosts can't possibly be real.
Can they..?
3.2 One Mile Down by Jenny T Colgan

Donna and the Doctor take a holiday - in the beautiful underwater city of Vallarasee.
Things have changed since the Doctor last swam through it: Vallarasee is now enclosed inside an airdome. Judoon patrol historic sites, and instead of tourists wearing helmets to breathe, the native Fins are forced to adapt.
But leaks have begun to trickle into the dome, and the Doctor and Donna must convince the Judoon that disaster is imminent. Or else thousands will be trapped, as the waters rise...
3.3 The Creeping Death by Roy Gill

London, 1952, and a deadly smog envelops the capital.
But something even more dangerous - and alien - is hiding within the mists.
When the Doctor and Donna get lost in the fog, they find a motley group of Londoners trying to make their way home. Soon the stakes are raised, as death creeps along fume-choked streets, and not everyone will make it out alive....
Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume Three (Credit: Big Finish) Due for release in May 2019, we can look forward to menacing threats lurk in 1950s London’s smog in a tale by Roy Gill, dangerous underwater worlds with the Judoon in a thriller by Jenny T Colgan, and James Goss taking the Doctor, Donna and family on their most treacherous journey yet... into the horrifying world of reality television!

Jacqueline King who plays Donna’s mother, the incomparable Sylvia Noble, told us about returning to the role:
Doctor Who has been the gift that keeps on giving. I started, believing I was to appear in one Christmas episode, then was thrilled to appear in more. I recently returned to the role with Big Finish and it was like putting a cherished old sweater back on. That old sweater will have to be washed and conditioned ready for this episode with the A team back in full. Can’t believe my luck. I’m guessing it might actually feel a bit emotional.
Producer David Richardson says
Three box sets in and my excitement about working on The Tenth Doctor Adventures is as strong as ever. When we first started thinking about this new set of stories, I emailed Russell T Davies to ask about including Sylvia. He suggested we should try for Wilf too – it had never occurred to me that we might be able to get Bernard Cribbins involved. But a call to Bernard’s agent revealed how delighted he was by the prospect, and there we had it – the Noble family together again, nine years after they last appeared on TV.
Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume Three (Limited Edition) is available now for pre-order. A five-disc collector’s edition – limited to 5,000 copies – is available on CD in deluxe bookset packaging for a pre-release price of £35, with the download version for £25.

Included with the limited edition CD release, Doctor Who and Blake’s 7 costume designer June Hudson has created costume designs for the creatures and aliens, and writer and SFX specialist Mike Tucker has created storyboards for the new stories. With behind-the-scenes interviews from some of the cast and crew as well, this limited edition makes for an unmissable audio package.

The three episodes, No Place, One Mile Down and The Creeping Death can also be bought individually for £8.99 on download and £10.99 on CD. Or you can buy all three individually but together in a bundle for £22 on download and £25 on CD.